Representatives from Nebraska Public Power District have announced the final line route for NPPD’s Axtell to Kansas 345,000-volt transmission line project. The announcement comes a little more than a month since NPPD hosted a pair of public hearings, in Minden and Franklin, for the new, 53-mile power line.
The NPPD Board approved the Axtell to Kansas Project in June 2009. NPPD began an 11-month routing and public involvement process in September 2009, and the project was approved by the Nebraska Power Review Board in May 2010.
Primarily, the new power line is needed to help keep electric rates as low as possible and to enhance the reliability of the regional transmission grid. The new line will help ease transmission congestion in the region and allow NPPD to operate its electric system more efficiently, ultimately saving ratepayers money. Also, the new transmission line will serve as an additional north/south pathway for energy, which will add redundancy, and reliability, to the electric grid.
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